Our Story

Based in Dahlonega, Georgia, Waypoint Ministry was founded in 2005 to meet a great need both here in our community and beyond.

Our goal has been to utilize an approach to regeneration that takes into account the clinical side of healing from chemical addiction and integrate it into a faith-filled environment that offers deeper meaning.

What's so special about Waypoint?

Too many recovery programs miss the mark with a purely clinical approach or price tag that excludes those who need their help the most. And although we understand how expensive it is to operate any residential space like ours, we also believe there should be another option.

We are licensed with the State of Georgia and are THOR-certified, which means we have spent time and energy investing in creating a safe environment that offers the help men need.

Our unique approach combines the tangible skills every man in recovery needs, all within a faith-based residential environment that provides deeper meaning that leads to lasting change.

We offer affordable program fees, payment plans, and in some cases scholarships to eligible men and their families who desperately want help, but simply cannot afford it. If a man is truly in need, we will not let money be the sole reason he doesn’t receive the help he needs.

Over the course of twelve months, every man at Waypoint walks through a regenerative process that covers everything from inner healing to biblical teaching that offers practical steps to break addiction. Ultimately, success looks like each graduate reintegrating into his community alongside his family and loved ones.

How do we do it all and not charge enormous rates? Our friends and partners. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, their generosity makes everything we do possible.

Recognized by GuideStar with the Gold Seal of Transparency, we take your confidence in our work seriously. We are on a mission to help men find freedom and are grateful for the role you play in it.

We are grateful for the men who trust us to help them beat addiction and for the family of partners who help make it all possible.

Leadership Team

Chris Gillhouse

Chris started off as a volunteer here at Waypoint. Later, he joined the board, and then ultimately felt the Lord nudging him in 2012 to leave the world of commercial construction to support Waypoint Ministry full-time as Executive Director. Along with his wife Robin, who’s affectionately called the “Waypoint Mom”, Chris spends his time carrying out the vision of our ministry, planning for the future, and investing in the lives of each and every man who comes to us for help. Under his leadership, our organization continues to grow as we serve more men and families in need of regenerative care from life-controlling habits. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling / Psychology.

Certifications: CAC Level II (Certified Addiction Counselor) and CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor.

Favorite Verse: “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty of our sins.” – Romans 3:22-24

Rick Lovell

Rick began his journey with Waypoint Ministry upon entering the program for his own substance abuse problem. He turned to drugs and alcohol when he was a teen shortly after the sudden unexpected death of his father. Rick abused drugs through his teenage years and his twenties. Late one evening he was in his vehicle, broken and without hope. He began to pray and ask God for help. God answered. The following day Rick heard about Waypoint Ministry from a family member. One week later, he entered Waypoint Ministry. After graduating from the Regeneration program and the Servant Leadership Program, Rick became a staff member at Waypoint. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Southwest Bible College.

Rick is married to his wonderful wife Hannah, and he is the father of two beautiful girls. Rick realized that when he was addicted, he had no true concept of who he was in God. Now, knowing who he is, and what his purpose is, he longs to give life to others so they may experience complete freedom from addiction.

Certifications: CIT – Counselor in Training

Favorite Verse: “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10

Michael Tucker

Michael grew up in Cumming, Georgia. Despite the promise of a degree, he began to struggle with alcohol in his early twenties – an unfortunate reality for so many. Things continued to tailspin for Michael until joining the family here at Waypoint. As a graduate of our program, he relates to the men in our care in a unique and compelling way. Through his twelve-month stay, an additional season of volunteering, and now as a staff member, Michael not only found personal freedom but feels called to serve other men so they find theirs. Michael returned to school and received an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southwest Bible College. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. In his downtime, he enjoys spending time outdoors.

Certifications: CIT – Counselor in Training

Favorite Verse: “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”- Ephesians 2:20-22

Miles Rapier

Miles started a life of drug and alcohol use in his early teens. With a rough home life, these substances were a poor antidote to fill a hole that could only truly be filled through a deeper faith in Jesus. It would, unfortunately, be several years before he came to that realization. In the meantime, he experienced a failed attempt at college and even homelessness as a result of addiction. Like so many of our graduates, he was at the end of his rope when he finally found a home here at Waypoint Ministry. His path toward recovery, rejuvenation, and renewed hope wasn’t easy – but it was life-changing. Today, you can find Miles serving the men in the very seats where he once sat. We cannot think of a better person to welcome men into our home than someone who has walked through the same despair and has come out free on the other side. Miles holds an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Certifications: CIT – Counselor in Training

Favorite Verse: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26

Matt Mote

Married to his high school sweetheart Tracey, and now blessed with 3 children, Levi, Ethan, and Marlee, Matt has been working in the field of addiction recovery since 2008 and as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2012.  He graduated from Liberty University with his Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  He and his family have been serving as pastors since 2004.  They have recently merged their ministry to birth Rehoboth Congregational Holiness Church in Banks County.  Here at Waypoint, we employ a holistic approach to regeneration and are grateful for Matt’s expertise in understanding the clinical side of recovery. Each and every day, men benefit from tackling their habits with both their head and their heart. We are grateful for Matt’s investment that makes change possible for each and every man we serve.

Certifications: Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Favorite Verse: “Blessed [happy and sheltered by God’s favor] is everyone who fears the LORD [and worships Him with obedience], who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments.” – Psalms 128:1

Zach Frederick

Zach grew up in Dayton, Ohio and like so many others we meet had an early introduction to drugs. Substance abuse never brought fulfillment and, in fact, only led to rock bottom. It was his introduction to the team here at Waypoint that ultimately turned things around. He graduated, stayed through the Servant Leadership Program, and now serves on staff. Zach holds an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Certifications: CIT – Counselor in Training

Favorite Verse: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Jody Weaver

Jody is from Whitfield County, Georgia and has one son. When he was a teenager, he was introduced to drugs – a life-controlling habit that continued for the next twenty-plus years. Ultimately, drugs led to divorce, pain, and even time behind bars. Today, Jody says: “After coming here to Waypoint, God turned my rock bottom into an opportunity to serve men just like me. Now, I serve here on staff where I continue a new-found calling to ministry.”

Favorite Verse: “Those who are loved by God, let His love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. Everyone who loves is fathered by God and experiences an intimate knowledge of Him.” – 1 John 4:7

Austin Oliver

Austin is originally from Macon Georgia. He started using drugs in his early teens, and by the time he was in college had become addicted to opiates. After quitting soccer and then dropping out of college, Austin was in a cycle of addiction and self-destruction. At 25 years old, his life had completely fallen apart – he felt hopeless, and believed he had no future.

After many failed attempts at recovery, Austin finally came to the end of himself. In 2019 he decided to enter Waypoint Regeneration Program, and after graduating the Servant Leadership Program God called him to join Waypoint’s staff. Today Austin says, “God has molded me to have a passion to serve and help men to find freedom from addiction.” He is currently working on his Addiction Counseling certification and has returned to college working on a degree from Southwest Bible College. God has also reignited Austin’s passion for sports, and in his off-time he enjoys going to CrossFit and being in the outdoors.

Certifications: CIT – Counselor in Training

Favorite Verse: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:8–11

Board of Directors

Every organization should surround themselves with a team that makes them better. We’re grateful for the group that does this on our behalf.

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Jason Blain

Chairman of the Board
Johns Creek, GA

As vice president of strategic alliances for Herschend Family Entertainment, Jason Blain forges mutually profitable relationships with third-party companies that share HFE family values – expanding their market presence and driving attendance to the parks.

Jason has a proven record for spotting winning partnership opportunities, from branded shows and attractions to product placements in the parks. Since joining in 1996, Jason has led the development of more than $150 million of successful attractions for all properties – affording them exposure to more than 12 million visitors each year.

Before joining Herschend, Jason co-founded Entertainment Properties, an Orlando-based consulting and development firm for leisure, recreation, and theme park attractions. Through this venture, he worked with clients to develop creative projects that were both economically and operationally sound investments.

Jason also served as vice president at Management Resources, one of the nation’s largest management consulting firms for the leisure industry. Prior, he worked with Walt Disney Company’s attractions division.

Jason earned his Master of Business Management/Finance from Wake Forest University, and his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. He and his wife, Mary Katherine, live in Johns Creek, Georgia and are highly active in their church and the lives of their four sons.

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Pastor Don Allen

Associate Chairman and Secretary
Dawsonville, GA

Dr. Don Allen, his wife Christina, and their three children have enjoyed being a part of the ministry of The Church @ War Hill since 1992, where Pastor Don serves as Lead Pastor. In this short period of time the ministry has grown from a handful of believers to a multi-campus congregation, and has branched into an international ministry known as R.L.N. Global.

Pastor Don has earned a PhD from Southwest Bible College and Seminary, serves on international ministry boards, and in 2012 assumed the position of Executive Director of Victory 91.5 FM, Atlanta’s largest independently-owned radio station.

With a thriving local church body, Real. Love. Now. television & radio broadcast reaching hundreds of thousands, pastoral training in the United States and abroad, international congregations, and evangelistic outreaches around the world, Pastor Don has enjoyed seeing the vision of Real. Love. Now. affecting the world.

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Mike Sims

Johns Creek, GA

Mike Sims is an executive vice president of Vinings Bank and is the president of the bank’s North Fulton market. Since June of 1986, Mike has served in various commercial banks in managerial and business development roles. Mike’s career has taken him from Birmingham to Atlanta. He has served for sixteen years with banks in the Georgia market and has much experience in providing comprehensive financial services for both the commercial and consumer marketplace.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration from Samford University. He currently serves on the board of Crossroads Outreach, is the past Board Chair for Iron and Fire Ministry, a member of the Finance Committee of the Atlanta Athletic Club, and the past Admissions Chair for Perimeter Christian School. Mike and his family reside in Johns Creek, Georgia and are active members of Perimeter Church.

Jeff Pruitt

Jeff Pruitt

Board Member
Dahlonega, GA

Jeff Pruitt is the operations manager of the Ramsey Conference Center, Lanier Technical College, Hall Campus. In his role, he provides outstanding customer service to every event and coordinates back-office operations to keep the facility running day-to-day.

He first approached Waypoint to provide event setup services for the Conference Center in 2012. The relationship has become both an integral part of operations at the Center and a valuable revenue stream for Waypoint Ministry’s Regeneration Program.

Jeff and his wife Connie have five children and four grandchildren. He has a passion for service and has contributed his time as a board member and volunteer for other organizations such as the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, the Bald Ridge Boys’ Lodge, and B.A.D.G.E. of Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff is a native of Forsyth County, Georgia and currently lives in Dahlonega where he spends his free time managing his 104-acre cattle ranch, Sonshine Farm.


David Montgomery

Board Member
Alpharetta, GA

David Montgomery is a partner at the accounting firm Moore, Montgomery & Paulk in Alpharetta, Georgia. Having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Accounting  from Georgia State University, David spent twelve years in the technology industry in sales and sales management, and over sixteen years in public accounting.

The oldest of three children, David is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has lived in the Atlanta area most of his life, and currently attends Browns Bridge Community Church. His hobbies include jogging, reading, spending time with his dogs and playing golf.